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Make an Appointment With This Serious Skin Saver

I’ve sworn by Kate Somerville ExfoliKate ($98) for years, and when I don’t use it, I realise how much my clear, glowing skin is a result of regular appointments with my Kate Somerville tube.
I’ve sworn by Kate Somerville ExfoliKate ($98) for years, and when I don’t use it, I realise how much my clear, glowing skin is a result of regular appointments with my Kate Somerville tube. The original formulation is the perfect blend of physical and enzymatic ingredients, so you can be sure you’re getting the optimum results with every use. Plus, the formula smells like cinnamon, so it feels like Christmas in a tube!

Try using it when you first step in the shower and leaving it on your face while you do the rest of your routine, so the enzymes get a chance to do their sloughing action. Plus, there are other formulas designed for sensitive skin and acne-prone complexions. Say goodbye to breakouts, scarring, and uneven texture, and say hello to that gorgeous skin you always knew you had.

fragrance

Product Review: Could Roses de Chloé Be Your New Summer Scent?

If you’re a Chloé girl, you’ve probably been wearing the fragrance since its birth in 2008 or at the very least, have it on rotation.
If you’re a Chloé girl, you’ve probably been wearing the fragrance since its birth in 2008 or at the very least, have it on rotation. A distinctive smell, Chloé is a true floral with a musky rose heart. The type of fragrance that if someone isn’t asking what it is they’ve already guessed you’re wearing it, Chloé will take you from day to night, to weddings, birthdays, dates and dinner. This month sees the house release a new incarnation of the juice with rose again at the heart but this time, things are a little more tender. Keep reading.
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Product Review: Chanel N°5 The Hair Mist

Not many people can go out and grab a refill of Chanel N°5 parfum when their existing bottle runs dry, but now we can all afford to repurchase this iconic scent again and again, thanks to The Hair Mist ($60).
Not many people can go out and grab a refill of Chanel N°5 parfum when their existing bottle runs dry, but now we can all afford to repurchase this iconic scent again and again, thanks to The Hair Mist ($60). Part of the house’s The Senses bath and body range, N°5 is captured and sealed in a small spray bottle that is kind to hair. Wearing a hair scent is a very luxe step to add to your morning or evening routine, so the fact that buying one costs less than a regular fragrance means you’ll be sweet-smelling and guilt-free. The Hair Mist comes in a 60ml bottle (pictured far right) so it is perfect for carrying in your handbag for an instant refresh during the day, and we recommend walking through the spray rather than applying straight onto hair.

Chanel stockists: 1300 242 635

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Book Review: The 3 Week Plan That Could Change Your Life

Personal trainers Luke Hines and Scott Gooding could possibly be two of the most recognisable faces around town right now — and with good reason.
Personal trainers Luke Hines and Scott Gooding could possibly be two of the most recognisable faces around town right now — and with good reason. Since dazzling us with their clean and healthy approach to cooking on the hit TV show My Kitchen Rules, the charming duo don’t seem to have an off-switch.

“We want to inspire every single Australian to make a positive step in the right direction with their food and lifestyle choices. And if I can do for fitness what Jamie Oliver did for food, then I’ve done what I set out to do,” says Luke of the pair’s new book, Clean Living ($29.99).

We’ve read their simple approach to a healthier life cover-to-cover, and anything you want to get your hands on this season, then let this book be it. With Summer just around the corner, following Luke and Scott’s three-week paleo lifestyle plan — which includes clean eating tips alongside fitness activities — might just be the ticket to helping you feel closer to your best self. Keep reading.

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Product Review: Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer

Now we know what you’re thinking — why try Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer ($47) when you’re addicted to Porefessional?
Now we know what you’re thinking — why try Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer ($47) when you’re addicted to Porefessional? Well, there’s a few reasons. While Porefessional goes to work on blurring the appearance of enlarged pores, this new stick formula is all about giving your foundation staying power. We know primers help keep makeup in place, but some don’t always get us through the entire day. This one does! Just like the packaging states, it is a long-wearing makeup magnet.

We loved the stick application because it allows for a more targeted approach and banishes spillage. That said, have a think about applying with a brush because it isn’t overly hygienic to put the stick straight on your skin each day. Another thing to note, keep this primer away from overly dry areas as it can cause a bit of build up. It applies clear and dewy, but sets with a matte, dry-looking finish. Be sure to let it settle in and dry before applying your foundation. We finished with a setting powder and 15 hours later (yes, we work that hard!), our foundation still looked fresh. Pretty impressive.

skincare

Product Review: Skin Physics Bee Venom Anti-Ageing Moisturiser

You might remember the likes of Lady Gaga pledging her love for Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood moisturiser (made from the sap of the Dragon Blood Tree, not actual dragons, Daenerys), but now there’s bee venom in a jar to help stop the ageing process.
You might remember the likes of Lady Gaga pledging her love for Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood moisturiser (made from the sap of the Dragon Blood Tree, not actual dragons, Daenerys), but now there’s bee venom in a jar to help stop the ageing process. Skin Physics Been Venom Anti-Ageing Moisturiser ($79) is made up of Super Manuka honey and organically certified bee venom from honey bees. Bee venom has long been used for its antiseptic and healing properties, but as it turns out, it also helps stimulate collagen production.

It gives skin a more tightened and plump look, and if you think about the effects of an actual bee sting — it makes complete sense. Rather than causing pain, though, this facial moisturiser administers tiny amounts of purified bee venom which tricks the skin into thinking it’s been affected by the melittin — the toxin in a bee’s sting.

So what did we think? It didn’t tingle at all and there wasn’t any pain so no need to worry about that. However, if you are allergic to bee stings do not use this moisturiser. It could cause a reaction! The consistency is thick so it feels super luxe and hydrating. The brand’s Advanced Moisturiser Complex is four times more hydrating than hyaluronic acid — and you know how much we love that.

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Product Review: Sodashi Toxicleanse Body Oil

The change of seasons can wreak havoc on your skin — from the harsh, dry winds of Winter to the heavy, humid airs of Summer, it’s little wonder our body takes a while to catch up and adjust to the conditions.
The change of seasons can wreak havoc on your skin — from the harsh, dry winds of Winter to the heavy, humid airs of Summer, it’s little wonder our body takes a while to catch up and adjust to the conditions. If you suffer from dry skin, you’ll know that it’s not a cold weather-specific problem. For some of us, it happens year-round, and it requires some extra TLC to eliminate the issue. That’s where Sodashi Toxicleanse Body Oil ($53.90) comes in. We’ve been on the oils bandwagon for a while now, but as with anything, there are certain ones that absolutely demand your lifelong loyalty. This oil is one of them.

Infused with cedarwood, juniper berry, geranium and grapefruit, it’s got the kind of smell you can only seem to find in an expensive day spa. You know the one? It’s refreshing and light, but also makes you wish you were getting a beachside massage on a tropical island somewhere. The oil itself is thick and golden — not so runny that you can’t control it upon pouring, and not so thick that it’s sticky — and it coats your skin beautifully. It sinks in quickly and the glow left behind is gorgeous, but we suggest using the oil sparingly if you’re heading out.

We recently found out that Phoebe Tonkin likes to slather herself in oil before she hops into bed — we tried the same and after a few days of regular use, our skin is noticeably softer and smoother. Dry patches on our arms are completely gone, and rough feet have been replaced by much softer ones. It makes sense — oil is moisturising in any capacity. But when the oil also increases circulation and eliminates toxins, smells heavenly, can be used sparingly and is housed in a beautiful dark glass bottle, you know you’re onto a good thing.

makeup

Product Review: Avon Mega Effects Mascara

We know, weird looking, right?
We know, weird looking, right? You kind of have to see the Avon Mega Effects Mascara ($19.95) to believe it, but the results are outstanding. The innovative “Wonderbrush” is designed to coat 40 percent more of the lashes than normal mascara heads, and we found that to be true. It really captures every aspect of the lashes because the brush head is more like a comb, with tiny spikes that point in all different directions.

The wand is bendable so you can face the comb at a 90 degree angle and basically blink the mascara on. We then tried straightening the wand and turning it vertically to capture the small lashes at the inner-corner of the eyes. Worked a treat! But, the innovation doesn’t stop there. Bend it back to 90 degrees, flip upside down and paint the top of your lashes. It really is an all-angles mascara.

We found in two coats, we got the same look it would take three or four coats to get with a normal mascara wand. What do you think — will you give this innovative mascara a go?

Avon stockists: 1800 646 000

skincare

Product Review: Hydraluron

Earlier this year, we reviewed the cream that claims to make users look 10 years younger in 40 seconds, with positive results.
Earlier this year, we reviewed the cream that claims to make users look 10 years younger in 40 seconds, with positive results. Now, we’re onto the company’s hydrating serum, Hydraluron ($34.99). Hyaluronic acid really has been the hero ingredient for skincare in the last 12 months, with numerous brands releasing everything from moisturisers to foundations and eye creams jam-packed with the stuff. What we know about hyaluronic acid is it holds 1000 times its weight in water, which is very remarkable. And seeing as though most of us walk around with severely dehydrated skin, we need to be using products that will help our skin retain water. Hydrated skin is plump, and it glows. Keep reading.
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Product Review: Modelco Super Tan Instant Self Tan

Tanning in Winter can be tricky.

Tanning in Winter can be tricky. You don’t want to be too dark, but you most definitely want to glow. A gradual tanning cream is perfect, but don’t be scared to take things up a notch and actually continue using a full tan, just like you would in Spring and Summer. While there will always be a special spot in our hearts for Modelco Tan Airbrush in a Can ($22), the tanning foam, Super Tan Instant Self Tan ($39), is just as easy to apply. 

The colour intensity is quite deep, but remember you can layer if you’re not happy on first application. Less is always more when it comes to self-tan! We used Modelco’s Blend Buffing Mit which helps even out coverage enormously, and of course we exfoliated well beforehand. The foam provides instant colour (with a very faint scent), and it is recommended you let the tan develop for at least two hours before showering. If you’re waiting to get to bed though, an hour-and-a-half will do just fine.

The formula includes macadamia oil and pomegranate extract so it’ll leave you feeling soft and silky, and the added Melatime will accelerate your tan naturally, as it works on increasing the body’s Melanin levels.